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11 Teen Novels for Soccer Fans

LosersTakeAll

Losers Take All by David Klass
YA KLASS, D.
At a sports-crazy NJ high school where all kids must play on a team, a group of rebels start a soccer team designed to undermine the jock-culture of the school.

LastChanceFirst

Last Chance for First by Tom Hazuka
YA HAZUKA, T.
A star high school soccer player needs to cope with parents who compare him to his perfect brother, his best friend and co-captain of the team who is thrown off for drinking, a difficult, if not sadistic, coach, and an eccentric, unpredictable girlfriend–and still get the team to the State championships.

ShotsGoal

Shots on Goal by Rich Wallace
YA WALLACE, R.
While pursuing his goal of helping his soccer team win the league championship, fifteen-year-old Bones tries to deal with his resentment of his best friend, on whose girlfriend he has a crush.

OutNowhere

Out of Nowhere by Maria Padian
YA PADIAN, M.
Performing community service for pulling a stupid prank against a rival high school, soccer star Tom tutors a Somali refugee with soccer dreams of his own.

Keeper

Keeper by Mal Peet
YA PEET, M.
In an interview with a young journalist, World Cup hero, El Gato, describes his youth in the Brazilian rain forest and the events, experiences, and people that helped make him a great goalkeeper and renowned soccer star.

Exposure

Exposure by Mal Peet
YA PEET, M.
Paul Faustino, South America’s best soccer journalist, reports on the series of events that hurl Otello from the heights of being a beloved and successful soccer star, happily married to the pop singer Desdemona, into a downward spiral, in this novel loosely based on Shakespeare’s play, Othello.

Compulsion

Compuls1on by Heidi Ayarbe
YA AYARBE, H.
Poised to lead his high school soccer team to its third straight state championship, seventeen-year-old star player Jake Martin struggles to keep hidden his nearly debilitating obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Kick

Kick by Walter Dean Myers and Ross Workman
YA MYERS, W.
Told in their separate voices, thirteen-year-old soccer star Kevin and police sergeant Brown, who knew his father, try to keep Kevin out of juvenile hall after he is arrested on very serious charges.

Tangerine

Tangerine by Edward Bloor
YA BLOOR, E.
Twelve-year-old Paul, who lives in the shadow of his football hero brother Erik, fights for the right to play soccer despite his near blindness and slowly begins to remember the incident that damaged his eyesight.

GoingForRecord

Going for the Record by Julie A. Swanson
YA SWANSON, J.
Seventeen-year-old Leah’s chance to make the national soccer team does not seem so important when she learns that her father has cancer and may only have months to live.

Breakaway

Breakaway by Kat Spears
YA SPEARS, K.
When Jason Marshall’s younger sister passes away, he knows he can count on his three best friends and soccer teammates–Mario, Jordie, and Chick–to be there for him. With a grief-crippled mother and a father who’s not in the picture, he needs them more than ever. But when Mario starts hanging out with a rough group of friends and Jordie finally lands the girl of his dreams, Jason is left to fend for himself while maintaining a strained relationship with troubled and quiet Chick. Then Jason meets Raine, a girl he thinks is out of his league but who sees him for everything he wants to be, and he finds himself pulled between building a healthy and stable relationship with a girl he might be falling in love with, grieving for his sister, and trying to hold onto the friendships he has always relied on.

NowTimeRunning

Now is the Time for Running by Michael Williams
YA WILLIAMS, M.
When soldiers attack a small village in Zimbabwe, Deo goes on the run with Innocent, his older, mentally disabled brother, carrying little but a leather soccer ball filled with money, and after facing prejudice, poverty, and tragedy, it is in soccer that Deo finds renewed hope.

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PrinceTennis

The Prince of Tennis, Vol. 1 story & art by Takeshi Konom
YA GRAPH KONOMI, T.
There is a rumor going around that a twelve-year-old boy is going to enter the sixteen-year-old and under tennis group. How can someone so young ever hope to compete with kids much older and more experienced than him? This is no ordinary kid: he is none other than Ryoma Echizen, the Prince of Tennis! Can the prince gain the respect of his fellow team-mates despite his small size and young age?

GameOn

Game On by Monica Seles and James La Rosa
YA SELES, M.
Sixteen-year-old tennis star Maya’s dreams come true when she earns a scholarship to the Academy, a sports training facility/boarding school for teenaged athletes, but can she survive the constant drama of her talented classmates?

JerseyTomatoes

Jersey Tomatoes are the Best by Maria Padian
YA PADIAN, M.
When fifteen-year-old best friends Henry and Eve leave New Jersey, one for tennis camp in Florida and one for ballet camp in New York, each faces challenges that put her long-cherished dreams of the future to the test.

VanishingAct

Vanishing Act: Mystery at the U.S. Open by John Feinstein
YA MY FEINSTEIN, J.
Eighth-grade sports reporters Susan Carol and Stevie reunite at the U.S. Open tennis championships where they investigate the mysterious disappearance of a top Russian player.

AmazingGrace

Amazing Grace by Megan Shull
YA SHULL, M.
Tennis has a new “it” girl and her name is Grace Kincaid. The only problem is — Grace has suddenly realized that being a teen sensation isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. With fame and fortune just a backswing away, all she really wants is to be …NORMAL!

MixedUpDoubles

Mixed-Up Doubles by Elena Yates Eulo
YA EULO, E.
With the help of an unlikely new friend, ninth grader Hank tries to adjust to his parents’ recent divorce and works toward his dream of being a successful tennis player.

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AllBrokenPieces

All the Broken Pieces by Ann E. Burg
YA BURG, A.
Two years after being airlifted out of Vietnam in 1975, Matt Pin is haunted by the terrible secret he left behind and, now, in a loving adoptive home in the United States, a series of profound events forces him to confront his past.

CrazyHorseElectric

The Crazy Horse Electric Game by Chris Crutcher
YA CRUTCHER, C.
A high school athlete, frustrated at being disabled after an accident, runs away from home to Oakland, California, and is helped back to mental and physical health by a Black benefactor and the people in a special school where he enrolls.

highheat

High Heat by Carl Deuker
YA DEUKER, C.
When sophomore Shane Hunter’s father is arrested for money laundering at his Lexus dealership, the star pitcher’s life of affluence and private school begins to fall apart.

samuraishortstop

Samurai Shortstop by Alan Gratz
YA GRATZ, A.
While obtaining a Western education at a prestigious Japanese boarding school in 1890, sixteen-year-old Toyo also receives traditional samurai training which has profound effects on both his baseball game and his relationship with his father.

ShakespeareBats

Shakespeare Bats Cleanup by Ronald Koertge
YA KOERTGE, R.
When a fourteen-year-old baseball player catches mononucleosis, he discovers that keeping a journal and experimenting with poetry not only helps fill the time, it also helps him deal with life, love, and loss.

center field

Center Field by Robert Lipsyte
YA LIPSYTE, R.
Mike lives for baseball and hopes to follow his idol into the major leagues one day, but he is distracted by a new player who might take his place in center field, an ankle injury, problems at home, and a growing awareness that something sinister is happening at school.

Mexican White Boy

Mexican Whiteboy by Matt de la Peña
YA DE LA PENA, M.
Sixteen-year-old Danny searches for his identity amidst the confusion of being half-Mexican and half-white while spending a summer with his cousin and new friends on the baseball fields and back alleys of San Diego County, California.

comebackseason

The Comeback Season by Jennifer E. Smith
YA SMITH, J.
High school freshman Ryan Walsh, a Chicago Cubs fan, meets Nick when they both skip school on opening day, and their blossoming relationship becomes difficult for Ryan when she discovers that Nick is seriously ill and she again feels the pain of losing her father five years earlier.

Big Field

The Big Field by Mike Lupica
YA LUPICA, M.
When fourteen-year-old baseball player Hutch feels threatened by the arrival of a new teammate named Darryl, he tries to work through his insecurities about both Darryl and his remote and silent father, who was once a great ballplayer, too.

Catch

The Catch by Rick Jasper
YA JASPER, R.
When Danny makes a catch that ends up on SportsCenter’s Top Plays, he is approached by a sports-gear executive with an offer too tempting to pass up.

Prospect

The Prospect by Jason Glaser
YA GLASER, J.
Nick Cosimo is a star pitcher on his high school team and always puts his team first, but when a scout appears in the stands he has to decide if he is going to change his game to make an impression on the scout.

Pitcher

The Pitcher by William Hazelgrove
YA HAZELGROVE, W.
The pitcher, is a classic story of baseball, the price of dreams, and the lessons of life. A mythic baseball story about a broken down World Series Pitcher is mourning over the death of his wife and an under-priveledged Mexican-American boy who lives across the street and wants to learn to pitch. This is a mainstream contemporary novel about dreams lost and found.

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crossover

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
YA ALEXANDER, K.
Fourteen-year-old twin basketball stars Josh and Jordan wrestle with highs and lows on and off the court as their father ignores his declining health.

LastShot

Last Shot by John Feinstein
YA MY FEINSTEIN, J.
After winning a basketball reporting contest, eighth graders Stevie and Susan Carol are sent to cover the Final Four tournament, where they discover that a talented player is being blackmailed into throwing the final game.

ThisPartYouLaugh

This is the Part Where You Laugh by Peter Brown Hoffmeister
YA HOFFMEISTER, P.
Rising sophomore Travis and his best friend, Creature, spend a summer in a Eugene, Oregon, trailer park dealing with cancer, basketball, first love, addiction, gang violence, and a reptilian infestation.

Double Exposure by Bridget Birdsall
YA BIRDSALL, B.
Fifteen-year-old Alyx Atlas starts school in a new state with a new identity–as a girl in Milwaukee–but a bully on the basketball court threatens to reveal that Alyx is an intersex person, which could disqualify Alyx and the team from playing in the state championship game.

True Legend by Mike Lupica
YA LUPICA, M.
Fifteen-year-old Drew “True” Robinson loves being the best point-guard prospect in high school basketball, but learns the consequences of fame through a former player, as well as through the man who expects to be his manager when True reaches the NBA.

Swagger by Carl Deuker
YA DEUKER, C.
High school senior point guard Jonas Dolan is on the fast track to a basketball career until an unthinkable choice puts his future on the line.

Edenville Owls by Robert B. Parker
YA PARKER, R.
Fourteen-year-old Bobby, living in a small Massachusetts town just after World War II, finds himself facing many new challenges as he tries to pull together his coachless basketball team, cope with new feelings for his old friend Joanie, and discover the identity of the mysterious stranger who seems to be threatening his teacher.

Rebound

Rebound by Bob Krech
YA KRECH, B.
Determined to make the varsity basketball team, seventeen-year-old Ray finds his efforts to play both hindered and helped by the atmosphere of racism in his town.

Boost book cover

Boost by Kathryn Mackel
YA MACKEL, K.
Thirteen-year-old Savvy Christopher is 6’2″ and a talented basketball player; her big sis, Callie, is a cheerleader. When an injury ruins their dad’s golf career, the family moves from their swanky New Mexico home to an aunt’s sheep farm in Rhode Island. Savvy is thrilled when she makes the exclusive 18-and-under basketball team The Fire; getting to play on a great travel team makes up for having to share a room with Callie, being teased about her height, and having to work on the sheep farm. But when steroids are found in Savvy’s gym bag, she’ll have to fight for her spot on the team.

Game

Game by Walter Dean Myers
YA MYERS, W.
If Harlem high school senior Drew Lawson is going to realize his dream of playing college, then professional, basketball, he will have to improve at being coached and being a team player, especially after a new–white–student threatens to take the scouts’ attention away from him.

Boy21

Boy21 by Matthew Quick
YA QUICK, M.
Finley, an unnaturally quiet boy who is the only white player on his high school’s varsity basketball team, lives in a dismal Pennsylvania town that is ruled by the Irish mob, and when his coach asks him to mentor a troubled African American student who has transferred there from an elite private school in California, he finds that they have a lot in common in spite of their apparent differences.

FinalFour

The Final Four by Paul Volponi
YA VOLPONI, P.
Four players at the Final Four of the NCAA basketball tournament struggle with the pressures of tournament play and the expectations of society at large.

PickUpGame

The Pick-Up Game by Marc Aronson and Charles R. Smith
YA SS PICK-UP
A series of short stories by such authors as Walter Dean Myers, Rita Williams-Garcia, and Joseph Bruchac, interspersed with poems and photographs, provides different perspectives on a game of streetball played one steamy July day at the West 4th Street court in New York City known as The Cage.